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2 newportbeachindy . com DECEMBER 22 , 2023


Outgoing Mayor Noah Blom addresses attendees at the Mayor ’ s Reception . Photo by Chris Trela
immigrant parents the hard work ethic that led to him being named Newport Beach businessman of the year last year . It is my honor to present the key to the city to Mario Marovic .
“ I am speechless , I had no idea this was happening ,” said Marovic when he came up to accept the honor . “ With the trials of getting through 2020 and how scary everything was , there is one thing we know : in times of adversity people come together and rise to the challenge . This city has strong leadership and stability . My entire family lives I Newport Beach . We are very appreciative of being here . Thank
Incoming Mayor Will O ’ Neill addresses attendees at the Mayor ’ s Reception . Photo by Chris Trela
you all for your commitment .”
After the short city council meeting , everyone went to the Back Bay Bistro at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort for the annual Mayor ’ s Reception , hosted by the Commodore ’ s Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of commerce .
Several hundred business leaders and other VIPs enjoyed a buffet dinner followed by remarks from outgoing Mayor Noah Blom , Mayor O ’ Neill and Mayor Pro Tem Joe Stapleton .
“ I am being deposed , but I am being deposed for some great people ,” quipped Blom . “ It ’ s been fun . That ’ s one of the most important things to bring to anything , you should have a good time doing it . Bring your own personal style and energy to it . Every member of our council has their own style that they bring , and that ’ s what makes good government . It ’ s about having your own ideals and fighting for them . The seven of us have done an amazing job this last year making that happen .”
“ Tonight is about celebrating Newport Beach ,” said Stapleton after he was introduced by Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Steve Rosansky . “ Noah , you were one hell of a mayor , thank you for your service . Thank you to all the city council members . Thank you to city staff , we are so fortunate to have the best staff in the country . Thank you Julie , my best friend and my fiancé . Mayor O ’ Neill has been mayor or mayor pro tem five years . As ( former mayor ) Rush Hill would say , we are going to make you do it until you get it right .”
O ’ Neill told the attendees that “ this is the fifth time I have addressed the group . A lot of you have watched my kids grow up . Four years ago I talked about goals and had no idea what the future would bring , but I knew whatever it was the city could handle it , and the city did handle it . We have a healthy dose of perseverance . I had called 2020 the year of the volunteer . Wewe are a blessed community , and I want to continue to recognize volunteerism in 2024 . You always find people who are helping . Ask people to bring forward the helpers . The behind-the-scenes folks , running toward danger , the helpers . We will be recognizing them and thanking them .”


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